Day 2 Recap: Kell Sweeps, Mt. Paran Girls, Westside-Augusta Repeat
The second day of the GHSA basketball championships at the Macon Coliseum turned out to be especially memorable for the four winning teams.
The Westside-Augusta boys and the Mount Paran girls each won their second straight state championship. The Kell boys and girls both came away winners, giving the school its first titles for both and a rare sweep.
The championships continue on Friday. In Class 3A, the Lumpkin County girls play Hebron Christian at 1 p.m., and the Sandy Creek boys play Cedar Grove at 3 p.m. After the girls 3-point contest at 5 p.m., the Class 6A games will be contested, with the River Ridge girls playing defending champion Lovejoy at 5:30 p.m. and the Alexander boys facing Lee County at 7:30 p.m.
Class 2A girls: Mount Paran 67, Banks County 44
Ciara Alexander had 26 points and eight rebounds and teammate Jessica Fields had 23 points and nine rebounds to help Mount Paran win its second straight state championship. The Eagles won the Class A Private title a year ago.
Mount Paran (31-1) broke the game open in the first quarter by opening a 10-point lead and Banks County (28-4) could never catch up.
Isabella Ramirez added nine points and six assists for Mount Paran. Alexander added four blocks, two steals and four assists and Fields had three assists, four steals and three blocks.
Banks County got 14 points from Ryleigh Murphy and 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots from Addison Hoard.
Class 2A boys: Westside-Augusta 89, Providence Christian 81 OT
AuMauri Tillman scored 36 points – the most by any player in the tournament this year – with seven rebounds and Khalon Hudson added 21 points, 13 rebounds and five steals to lead Westside to its second straight title.
Jalexs Ewing added 18 points and DeMarco Middleton scored 11 for Westside (24-7).
Providence Christian (27-5) stayed in the game by making 17 3-point baskets. The Storm got 22 points from Samuel Thacker, who made seven 3-pointers, and 21 points and eight rebounds from Devin Mcclain.
Class 5A girls: Kell 57, Warner Robins 36
Crystal Henderson scored 29 points and added eight rebounds, six assist and seven steals to lead Kell to its first state championship.
Kell (29-3) also got 15 points and seven rebounds from Jamiah Gregory.
Warner Robins (25-6) was led by Tori Davis and Jada Morgan with eight points.
Class 5A boys: Kell 61, Eagle’s Landing 53
C.J. Brown had 22 points, six rebounds, five assist, two steals and two blocks to lead the Longhorns to their first state championship.
Cannon Richards added 11 points and six rebounds for Kell (28-2).
Eagle’s Landing (29-2) was led by David Thomas with 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kenneth Brayboy added 12 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.